Iola dodged a Mother Nature-sized bullet Wednesday, with a line of severe and tornadic thunderstorms skirting eastern Kansas but missing Allen County.
Residents continue to watch anxiously, knowing the next torrential downpour could wreak havoc because the Neosho River continues to flow well above flood stage.
That said, the earliest prognostications that the river would reach a height not seen since the 2007 flood appear to have abated. The latest forecast is that the river will crest at about 25 feet Friday morning, enough to continue flooding nearby farmland and making some roads inaccessible, but not high enough to force Iola officials to shut down its water treatment plant.
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